Portland Incubator Experiment Demo Day

A couple weeks ago, I photographed the Demo Day for the second class of startups that moved through the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) program. Six companies took the stage at the Gerding Theater at the Armory to share information about their companies and products to an audience of investors, media, and the public. Here are a few images from the event; there’s also a full set of photos on Flickr that are released under Creative Commons licensing.

PIE Demo Day Crowd
Some of the crowd in the theater

Kyle Banuelos introduces Stublisher
Kyle BaƱuelos discusses Stublisher

Michelle Rowley explains Code Scouts
Michelle Rowley explains Code Scouts

TechCrunch writer Alex Williams interviews Aaron Raddon of Lytics
TechCrunch writer Alex Williams interviews Aaron Raddon of Lytics

View the full set of photos on Flickr.

Startup Business Portrait: VendScreen’s Paresh Patel

During the inaugural class of Portland Incubator Experiment startups, I had the opportunity to create photographs of quite a few people that founded and build startup businesses around a variety of ideas, technologies, and in the case of VendScreen, high-tech devices that can revolutionize the vending machine industry.

Paresh Patel of VendScreen

Early in the PIE process, I created this portrait of VendScreen CEO Paresh Patel with a sample device. I was pleased to find out this week that VendScreen will be receiving several awards at an industry trade show this month (more first-place awards than ny other vendor). Well done, VendScreen!

Eight Portland Startups: One Demo Day

A couple weeks ago I photographed the first Demo Day event on behalf of the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). Each of the eight startups that comprise PIE’s inaugural class took to the stage at Portland’s Bagdad Theater, explaining their company, product, and vision. With my full set of images having been delivered to the client over a week ago, I wanted to post a few of my favorites and offer a few additional selections.

Paresh Patel of VendScreen.  At the PIE Demo Day on 1/17/2012 in Portland's Bagdad Theater

Dr. Paresh Patel of VendScreen speaks about his company’s device (shown to the right) which aims to add smart capabilities to vending machines. VendScreen has been getting some press from little publications like USA Today.

But wait, there’s more!

Almost Pitch Time for PIE

Over the past few months, eight startups have been growing as part of the Portland Incubator Experiment in one corner of Weiden + Kennedy’s building in Portland’s Pearl District. Next week, founders will deliver demonstrations and pitch their companies as worthwhile investments for continued funding and growth. Here’s a photo of JR Storment delivering a practice version of his talk about Cloudability, a Portland startup focusing on helping businesses manage cloud-based services.
JR Storment talks Cloudability
I’ve enjoyed photographing the various founders and activities at PIE as the companies have evolved. I look forward to photographing the PIE Demo Day next week and continuing to follow these businesses into the future. If you’re interested in having me help capture the people, events, and products that make your business interesting, please contact me.

Scott Kveton and Sam Adams at PIE Launch: 2011 in Five

I’m sharing five memorable images from 2011 this week. Here’s the third of the series.

Urban Airship's Scott Kveton & Portland Mayor Sam Adams

September marked the public launch event for the Portland Incubator Experiment, a startup incubator being operated by Weiden & Kennedy. As the event began, I noticed Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton and Portland Mayor Sam Adams standing to one side of the stage just before the ribbon-cutting festivities. In addition to the PIE launch event, I’ve been making images over the past several months of the various startups operating in the PIE space as part of a personal project. I look forward to sharing the results of that effort early in 2012.